Skip to comments.Katrina haven becomes home for flood evacuees
Posted on 05/17/2011 8:01:41 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
A farming community built for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina has become a haven for families driven from their homes by river flooding that has hit states from Arkansas to Louisiana.
Twenty-six families have moved into the enclave because their towns were threatened by flooding from the Mississippi River and smaller rivers that spring from it.
The haven, informally known as Canadaville, was created by a Canadian industrialist and had a onetime population of around 200 residents displaced by the 2005 hurricane, but it had dwindled to just a handful by the time people from nearby towns began looking for a place to wait out the flood.
Tonya Nelson, 39, one of the few Katrina evacuees still there, said she recognized the look on their faces.
"I can understand what they're going through because I've been through it myself," she said.
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"I can understand what they're going through because I've been through it myself," she said..."
The big difference being that you lost stuff that was given to you by the taxpayer, whereas these folks lost stuff that was earned by the sweat of their brow. I sympathize with one, and loathe the other.
If you don't know Tonya Nelson personally, how do you make such an assumption? You can't possibly imagine that all the homes and possessions that people lost because of Katrina were ascribable to the largesse of the taxpayer. If in fact that is your way of thinking, I am here to tell you that you are dead wrong.